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Gansler hires new campaign manager

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has hired a new campaign manager to run his yet-to-be launched bid for governor.

Matthew "Mudcat" Arnold took over the campaign this week, replacing veteran strategist Carrie Glenn, an Obama field organizer from Montana who recently left the Gansler campaign for health reasons, the campaign said.

Arnold, a Mississippi native who goes by his nickname, has no shortage of liberal and grassroots bonefides. 

In 2012 Arnold, led the liberal political action committee CREDO, which aimed to defeat Tea Party incumbents in Congress. The super PAC's website said that year the organization played "a major role in defeating five of the worst Tea Party Republicans in Congress." 

Arnold also ran re-election campaigns for Texas Democrat U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and field campaigns for Democratic congressional campaigns in Ohio and Washington, as well as "designed outreach" for moveon.org, the Gansler campaign said.

Gansler, a two-term Democrat, has yet to formally enter the race to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is term-limited.

But Gansler has hosted several events around the state to build what he said will be the platform for a campaign he intends to launch in September. The next event will be held Monday in Baltimore and address criminals rejoining society after their prison terms. Other events have centered on decreasing domestic violence, improving the manufacturing climate and increasing government transparency.

If he officially runs, Gansler will face a June 2014 primary against the two other Democrats who have already declared their candidacy - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur.  Two Republicans - Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George - have also launched campaigns.

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